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KETEKE director Peter Sedufia, Adjetey Anang present FILMMAKING WORKSHOP this May

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Director Peter Sedufia, known for his compelling period piece Keteke (starring Adjetey Anang, Lydia Forson, Fred Amugi among others) has announced via Facebook, his forthcoming workshop dubbed The Director’s Call.

Slated for this May, the programme sees renowned actor Adjetey Annang as co- facilitator. The three-day event looks to ‘bridge the tension and gap between the new director and the star actor, as well as the new actor and the star actor; and also, the new director and the new actor” Other popular actors/actresses including Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi, Nana Ama Mcbrown will also be given mentorship roles over the participants.

Read Sedufia’s full announcement below:


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Read our review of Sedufia’s Keteke below: 

He should have known – poor Boi – by the way she watched him as he made his way back to the spot she had stopped, that something worse would follow. Hell hath no fury than pregnant Atswei, who has possibly just missed her final chance at making Akete in time for the baby.

And then, as if she hadn’t seen with her own eyes that they had missed the train, he sighs, “we missed the train”. She remains silent. He pushes his luck further, stretching out a gentle hand to touch her shoulder. “Are you alri…”

“Don’t touch me! Don’t you dare touch me!”, she barks!

“What has come over you?”, he inquires, shaken.

“You have. You have come all over me!”, she retorts in the same heightened tone, before grabbing a suitcase and making for the direction which leads back home.

Boi manages to stop her with a stern voice. Then, she goes into a long rapid rant blaming him for what just happened. The outburst is so overwhelming that it causes him to stutter his next sentences.

“THAT TRAIN WAS FOR US BOI, AND NOW WE MISSED IT”

It is important to separate these words from everything else she says in the first scene of Peter Sedufia’s recent film Ketete, for you can hear the lump in her voice as she speaks them. They’re sober and defeated, and summarise a powerfully sad opening scene.

It is 80s Ghana, and the rail system is the one vehicle from the outskirts. That is why them missing this train is a bad thing. It casts the most vehement shadow on whether or not she would achieve her desire of having her child in Akete.

I think Atswei, and my Aku, present similar temperaments –except Atswei (played by Lydia Forson), is expecting, whereas my Aku is merely thinking about it.

But they’re both insufferable. Like Atswei, my Aku complains constantly (in that rapid piercing voice which I hear even in my sleep), is easily underwhelmed at me, and is mischievous in ways usually unheard of about women.

Because Atswei is expecting, and has just missed a very important train, her behaviour may be excused. It is expected of expecting mothers to have this many expectations, and to cause significant neck and back pain in her partner with everlasting mood swings. I’ll get back to you when I have answers regarding my Aku. Also, I should just go ahead and delete some of the above paragraphs if I look forward to a civil conversation tonight.

Actually, wait! All women, pregnant or not, are insufferable if you really think about it…just in varying degrees and different times.

“You’re evil”, husband Boi (Adjetey Anang) cries during an early scene. He has just been served agonising payback. Minutes ago, when Atswei (sitting two feet away on a rail line) flings a stone at his eye…too painful to be playful, she inquires, smiling: “is it hurting?”. Unbelievable!

Immediately, a great idea drops into his afro. He feigns amnesia, and begins to ask disturbing questions: “who are you?”, “where am I?”. These words are frightening any day, more so in the middle of nowhere, and with nobody else around. He laughs after those ten strange seconds, and she’s both annoyed and relieved.

But as Boi (who is himself a tad insufferable too) finds out swiftly, you should never undermine an angry pregnant woman. Never! An idea, greater than his, drops into her bulging womb. She begins to slap her right thigh. The veins on Boi’s face contort into a bovine expression. She looks like she’s genuinely reeling from the pain which announces labour. Of all the things one could request in a time like this, her appetite leans towards coconut water. Coconut water! Where can he get coconut water in a place like this? He directs that question to her. She doesn’t even seem to hear him, and continues her act. Ten seconds after, she too lets out a hearty laugh, punctuated with the words “draw draw!”. These words can pain! It is then that he blurts out those strong words. Atswei is not perturbed. “Eeeeh. That’s why you married me”, she simply responds, satisfied at the effectiveness of her performance.

It is what happens for most of Keteke. Endless quarrelling between lovers, about each other’s mother-in-law, or the gender of their unborn baby, or whose making the baby was in the first place, or whether to partake of a scrumptious table prepared them by a witch doctor they encounter at a point. Everything.

What therefore, is the language of love, for it is not this! Accusing a partner’s mother of being a witch among other grave invectives is definitely not something you would say to someone you have committed to adore for the rest of your life.

There are only one or two occasions where they speak to each other in the tender dialogue that we expect of lovers –one being when Atswei stares death in the face. Stretched out on the tracks, she lets out strained breaths in a fight for her life.  They clarify their true sentiments, in plain words at last, before she closes her eyes and, kneeling over her, he yells into the skies.

Keteke is a very important film because, it exposes the not too pretty aspects of a relationship. A marriage is never entirely rosy, and no matter how many times we say it, it is important to also display it in art, so prospective partners especially, would know that it’s okay to not smile at each other sometimes –that long fights are a love language too, and that the biggest test of a person’s character could be their soul mate too.

A truly moving period piece, Sedufia manipulates expertly, and with godly audacity, many many emotions in the viewer’s eyes and bosom. He explores primarily, the passé theme of love, but through a perspective that is fresh. Interesting that he has to revert to the 80s to execute this. This is the ultimate test of the wedding day promises: when all is lost, and you only  have a spouse for sanity, and a rail line as compass, will they suffice? Will love survive?

Also dominant in the film are the ideas of sacrifice and tolerance. What lengths shall a man go to prove his affection? Catch a grenade? Jump in front of a bullet? Swim across seven oceans? I’d say, surviving through a pregnant woman’s many erratic moods in the wild is right up there with these gestures.

In many cases, a baby is the crowning moment of a love story. Somehow though, it appears to be bad luck for Boi and Atswei. Indeed, it is the reason for several of their tiffs on the journey.

Keteke (also starring Fred Amugi, Adjetey Anang, Joseph Otsiman, Clement Suarez, Raymond Sarfo, as well as General Ntatia), is one of the most successful motion pictures the year has so far produced. It generated unprecedented activity on social media, and obviously translated unto the day of its release. Images from the March 4 premiere show several scores of patrons lining up to watch it. Producers say over a thousand people showed up for the premiere, and they had to turn many away due to oversubscription.

It has proven to be a remarkable filmmaking debut by Sedufia, and automatically takes him to the first rank of emerging directors from these parts. He has grasped an unpretentious way of telling our stories. That is extraordinary, and welcome.

One can only have good expectations for the film, considering the quality which went into its making: a straightforward story which also delicately reveals many astounding complexities.

In the end (and on a very serious note), know this: your woman is always right! It’s just the way these things work: Nana Addo is president, Jollof cures terminal cancer, and your woman is right, every time. She may be insufferable, and cynical, and mildly sadistic, but she’s right, eventually –ask Boi about the witchdoctor who offered them a lavish feast and kept calling Atswei “my lady”.

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Akosua Adoma Owusu named for Goethe Institut’s Vila Sul Residency programme

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Ghanaian-American cinematographer Akosua Adoma Owusu has been named for the prestigious Goethe Institut’s Vila Sul Residency programme to develop her forthcoming debut feature film.

Taking place from June 4 to July 27, the programme will see the Kwaku Ananse filmmaker join other prominent creatives as visual artist Cécile Martin, choreographer Augusto Soledade, JJ18, and artistic group Dimenti. 

Part of ‘a global effort to promote meetings and discuss the “Global South” via artistic work and experience’, the residency program is, according to Goethe’s website, “aimed at established intellectuals,‭ ‬artists,‭ ‬scientists and writers of all areas,‭ ‬as well as at researchers and people who work in interdisciplinary fields.‭”

Vila Sul alumni include Ana Hupe, writer Jonathan Dotse, DJ Ipek, curator Marina Forkidis and a host of others.

A multiple-award-winner,  Owusu has produced such works as Mahogany TooOn Monday of Last Week, (14 mins), Reluctantly Queer, (8 mins), Bus Nut, Kwaku AnanseSplit Ends, I Feel Wonderful among others. Her films have featured at  international stages; Rotterdam, Viennale, Rencontres Internationales, Paris/Berlin, Toronto, New Directors/New Films, BFI London Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival.

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MY NAME IS RAMADAN! Stonebwoy stars in new Kobi Rana movie

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The transition from music to acting seems easy but not all are able to make it work. All over the world, few musicians have been able to carve lasting careers on the big screen and in Ghana, some have tried but never long-lasting.

Zylofon Music- recording artist, Stonebwoy, would be the next high-profile Ghanaian musician to star in a movie, and thanks to famed filmmaker, Kobi Rana, – the ‘Bawasaba’ hit maker gets his break in the new movie – ‘My Name Is Ramadan’.

Funded by the Zylofon Arts Fund, ‘My Name Is Ramadan’ also features award-winning actors, Kalsoume Sinare and Umar Krupp. The likes of Maame Serwaa, Anthony Woode, Nana Poku Jnr and JKD all play some pivotal roles in the movie.

Produced for his RANAway production, ‘My Name Is Ramadan’ will show on 15th, 16th, and 17th June 2018 in Accra and Kumasi simultaneously, at the Accra Mall and the West Hills Mall at the Silver Bird and Watch& Dine Cinemas respectively.

The movie shows at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm at all Cinemas.

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e.TV Ghana partners Beijing channel to show Chinese content

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The content acquisition deal which was signed in Beijing by Mr Ernest Boateng, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Media Alliance group, will entertain and thrill viewers of e.TV Ghana across the country.

As part of the agreement, viewers of e. TV Ghana will start enjoying quality Chinese movies and telenovelas on their screens.

Speaking about the content acquisition deal, Programmes Manager of e.TV Ghana, Mrs Nosisa Doe said the deal was part of efforts by the station to beef up the exciting content on e. TV Ghana.

“This content acquisition deal is the beginning of a wonderful relationship with the China Movie Channel.  We will continue working behind the scenes to ensure that e. TV Ghana continues to deliver more exciting shows to its viewers,” she stated.

On Saturday June 9 at 7:30pm,  viewers can tune in to e. TV Ghana to watch the premier of some exciting Chinese blockbuster movies. Also on Saturday June 9 and Sunday June 10, the station will premier an exciting Chinese Telenovela titled ‘Let’s Get Married’ at 6pm. All viewers should stay tuned.

Viewers can also watch the studio discussion after each episode.

The China Movie Channel Programming Centre was established in 1995. It is the only national movie channel in China reaching over 900 million people and consistently ranks in the top five among all Chinese TV channels in terms of annual rating and share.

 

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4th Annual Golden Movie Africa Awards – FULL LIST OF WINNERS [+images]

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See below, a full list of winners, as well as image from the 4th annual Golden Movie Africa Awards, which came off in a glamorous ceremony at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on June 2.

Brainchild of NMJ Ghana and partners, the GMAA assembles professionals in the film industry, honouring shining stars who are telling authentic African stories, and reshaping her image via their works:

 

Golden Makeup Artiste Nodryn Evanci (Forbidden)

Golden Costume Awenseba Ali-Akpajiak (Baabani)

Golden Short Film Iterum (Again)

Golden Editor Bernard Makosa (10 Day in Suncity)

Golden Soundtrack (Original) O.C. Ukeje (Potato Potahto)

Golden Art Director Anurin Nwunembom (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Promising Actor Eman Sinare (Baabani)

Golden Supporting Actor (Comedy) Richard Mofe Damijo (10 Days in Suncity)

Golden Supporting Actress (Comedy) Joke Silva (Potato Potahto)

Golden Indigenous Movie (Twi/Swahili/Hausa) Baabani

Golden Cinematography Stanlee Ohikhuare (Idahosa’s Trail)

Golden Editor (Video) Yaw Karkon-Ampomah (Before the Vows)

Golden Story Drama (Movie) Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Supporting Actress Ebele Okaro (What’s Within)

Golden Discovery Actor Lilian Echelon (Black Rose)

Golden Appreciation Award (Male) Peter Richie

Golden Appreciation Award (Female) Gloria Sarfo

Golden Writer Comedy (Movie) Peter Sedufia (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Writer Drama (Movie) Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Actor (Comedy) John Dumelo (Before the Vows

Golden Actress (Comedy) Nana Ama McBrown, Sika Osei & Lydia Forson (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Actor (Drama) Allene Menget (A Good Time to Divorce)

Golden Actress (Drama) Lilian Echileon (Black Rose)

Golden Movie (Comedy-Story) Rachel Adiku (Side Chic Gang)

Golden Documentary GH One (Tramadol Documentary)

Golden Director Nkanya Nkwai (A Good Time to Divorce)

Overall Golden Movie A Good Time to Divorce (Nkanya Nkwai)

 

 

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2018 Golden Movie Africa Awards slated for Movenpick, June 2

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The 4th annual Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) has been announced for June 2, 2018 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

Put together to highlight the efforts of deserving film makers across the continent, the ceremony is expected to draw top names in Africa’s music industry, in what is already a hugely anticipated event.

An event announcing nominees for the scheme this year is slated for Cote d’Ivoire on May 20.

Brainchild of NMJ Ghana and partners, the GMAA assembles professionals in the film industry, honouring shining stars who are telling authentic African stories, and reshaping her image via their works.

 

 

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IMAGES: Actor John Dumelo marries

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Actor John Dumelo, famed across the continent for his talents in film, ties the knot today.

In the company of close family and industry friends, the actor said “I do” to Gifty Mawunya. The private ceremony was held in Accra.

Star of many movies and recipient of several accolades, Dumelo is also an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and UN ambassador.

Here are official images from the traditional wedding courtesy Swag of Africa:

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